- Your site is instantly up and running!
- Choose from appealing designs or customize your look.
- Site updates automatically as you edit/add pages on Openherd!
- No need to build and maintain another sales list - Openherd sales lists automatically display!
- Online store with PayPal checkout to sell your products and services.
- Optimized for search engines.
- Works with your own website address and includes email, hosting and top-knotch Openherd support.
Read this helpful guide on the basics you need for a functioning website.
Give us a call at (724) 954-3044 and we'll be happy to discuss your website needs and answer your questions.
Farm websites the easy way!
"Pam and I want to say thank you for the great job Openherd has done for our website. It is easy to make changes and we love the way the store is set up and works."
— Pam and Jeff Bush
Having your own farm website is essential for business but the high costs and struggle to build one from scratch is usually too much. Not to mention keeping it up-to-date.
So Openherd came up with a better way. Now, for as little as $19.95 a month, you can have your very own website up and running in no time, with all the farm information and sales lists you edit on Openherd automatically synced to your website, including as many extra web pages as you want, your own farm blog, and an online store with PayPal checkout!
How about that!—a website that is instantly ready, updates automatically based on your Openherd edits, and is so affordable. Now there's no excuse not to send your customers to your own website.
Why do I need my own farm website?
The three basic steps in the sales process are:
Group marketing sites like Openherd.com bring in far more site traffic than any individual farm website can, so they are the best places online to maximize your exposure and attract customers. However, for step 2 it is best to present your farm and offerings to prospective customers at your own farm website where visitors are not distracted by other farms competing for their attention. This is why having your own farm website in addition to being on a group marketing website is an important part of effective online marketing.
The website problem
Most farms want their own website but either the cost is too high, the task of building one from scratch is too overwhelming and complicated, or they don't have enough time to keep their site up-to-date. Customers expect businesses to have their own website, so a farm that doesn't or has one that is incomplete, poorly designed, or out-of-date is a big turnoff to potential customers and can mean lost business. Simply put, successful farms have their own farm websites.
The Openherd solution
"Our customers are always telling us how much they like our website and that it's always up-to-date."
— Renee Ritenour
Alpaca Palace, LLC
With an Openherd-hosted personal farm website, you'll be up and running instantly with all of your Openherd sales lists and other pages being automatically synced! Just pick a design, enter a website address, and you're all set!
With no design costs and edits that update your Openherd profile and your farm website at the same time, you can benefit from both tremendous online exposure on Openherd, PLUS presenting your farm and offerings from your own website! Rather than wasting time on duplicate updates, now you can focus on the quality of what you're presenting.
You'll be amazed with how quick, easy, and affordable having your own website can be. So why not get your new website up and running now?!
Openherd-hosted websites give you...
Openherd-hosted websites are professionally designed and use the same advanced technology and robust functionality as Openherd.com. This allows you to instantly have a professional, complete website so you can spend more time doing what you need to focus on. Most importantly, with a site this attractive and up-to-date, your customers will return again and again!
Easy Simultaneous Updates
Now you don't need to spend time making the same updates in multiple places. Your Openherd-hosted Website is seamlessly integrated with your Openherd account, so all your updates instantly take effect on both your website and Openherd pages.
Openherd-hosted websites eliminate the headache of dealing with unresponsive web people. You'll get the same fast, friendly, and knowledgable support you've come to expect from Openherd. Plus you'll get robust, reliable hosting for your website and email.
How do you go about building your website?
The main benefit of an Openherd-hosted website is that your website (sales lists, blogs, store items, pages, etc.), are already built because you have uploaded all of the information and photos and created all of those pages on your Openherd profile. So as soon as you sign up for any one of our paid membership plans, your website is instantly built and live. All you have to do is enter a website address that will link to your site, select a free design, and you're up and running!
All of your edits are done right in your Openherd account and when you make an update, both your Openherd pages and your website update at the same time!
How much can my Openherd-hosted website be customized?
Openherd-hosted websites can be customized to be very individual to your farm's brand and offer the benefits of keeping themselves up-to-date based on your Openherd edits, and having a very professional, highly functional, and easy-to-use format. Therefore, the site design can be highly customized but the basic page template layout and functionality will remain the same in order for these time-saving and ease-of-use benefits to remain.
If you are looking for a completely unique, custom-designed website from the ground up, then an Openherd-hosted website may not be the best solution for you. However, keep in mind that your customers care more about finding the information they're looking for and that the information is well presented and up-to-date, than they do about how unique your site is. Many farms spend a lot of money having a custom site built and then don't have the time to keep it up-to-date. Get in touch with us to discuss your needs and we'll advise you on what will work best for you.
Will Openherd host my website?
Yes. Your website will be hosted on Openherd's cloud servers with the highest uptimes and multiple layers of backups. There is no extra charge for hosting - it's all included in your Openherd membership plan.
Do you provide email accounts as well?
Yes. Your Openherd-hosted website includes complete email hosting and there is no extra charge for this. Email can be accessed via a fully-featured webmail interface or downloaded to a program on your home computer, such as Microsoft Outlook, or mobile phone.
I already have my own website address - can I use this?
Yes. Your website address (i.e. www.myfarm.com) can work with your Openherd-hosted website. You may also add additional domains that point to your website.
You can also use your Openherd Personalized URL (i.e. myfarm.openherd.com). While this is not quite as personalized, it requires no domain registration or setup. Just type the name you want on the Website Settings page under the My Website tab in your account and your address will instantly work.
I don't have my own website address - can you register one for me?
Yes. Openherd offers domain registration services that include setting it up to work with your Openherd-hosted website. We can check to see if the name you want is available for registration. Contact Openherd support for more information.
How do I edit my website and add pages?
Your Openherd-hosted website is all managed through your Openherd account so that when you make edits or add a page, your Openherd profile and your website update simultaneously. Openherd provides very easy tools for adding new pages, uploading photos, and easy page templates to make layout simple. All of the navigation and linking is done automatically for you.
How will my website be found in search engines?
Openherd-hosted websites are highly optimized for search engines 'out of the box.' This allows search engines to effectively index your site and give excellent rankings for keywords that relate to your site's content, your farm location, etc.
Is there a way to track site traffic to my website?
Yes. Openherd-hosted websites come pre-wired for Google Analytics tracking. Just sign up for a free Google Analytics account where you will be provided with a unique ID code for your site. Then just enter this code into the appropriate box on the Website Settings page under the My Website tab in your account, and you'll be able to instantly start tracking traffic to your site through your Google account.
Can I connect my website with my Facebook, Twitter or YouTube page?
Yes. Openherd-hosted websites come pre-wired for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. Just enter your URLs on the Website Settings page under the My Website tab in your account, and the corresponding icon and link will automatically appear on your website, letting visitors click through to your social pages.
How does the store work?
As soon as you upgrade to any Openherd paid membership, you can set up your store with a few clicks. Then you upload your products or services in a similar way to adding alpacas. As soon as your products are uploaded they will show up in the Openherd Store, on your Openherd profile, and on your Openherd-hosted website under the "Store" tab. You can specify how payment can be made - with PayPal checkout, by phone, or by redirecting people to another web page.
Can my store customers pay with a credit card?
Yes. This is done using PayPal checkout. PayPal is a global standard for online payments, is highly secure, and can be directly linked to your bank account. All you need to do is have a PayPal account. You simply enter the email address associated with your PayPal account on your Openherd product pages, and Openherd takes care of the rest.
Can't I get this cheaper with companies like GoDaddy?
Other website hosting companies may offer standard website hosting for less but they are not set up for farms and you will be completely on your own to build your sales lists and keep them up to date. This is where most farms get stuck with their websites - they quickly become a technical headache and there are just not enough hours in the day to keep another website and sales list up to date.
The advantage with an Openherd-hosted website is that as soon as it is live, it will run on its own and all of your Openherd edits and page additions will automatically sync over to your farm website. Therefore you get all the benefits of having your own farm website without the hassle and headache of managing it on top of everything else you have to do.